Man to face court today over violent Wooli home invasion

A THIRD man has been charged over a terrifying home invasion that allegedly saw a gang of men execute extreme violence on a man in front of his partner and their toddler.

The incident in Wooli on Monday, October 13, last year saw a man, 37, tied up and assaulted with a firearm and stun-gun inside his home.

For five months, Coffs Clarence detectives under Strike Force Nanowie have investigated the Olen Cl home invasion and yesterday a further breakthrough was made with the arrest of a 20-year-old Coffs Harbour man.

Police allege that four males forced entry to the premises and confronted the occupants inside with various weapons.

During the ordeal the victims were tied up and the man was assaulted.

Motor vehicles, cash and jewellery were allegedly stolen.

After the arrest of two men, last year and a high-risk search warrant executed at a premises in Forge Dr, North Boambee Valley, police yesterday stopped a vehicle on the Pacific Hwy at Warrell Creek, driven by a Coffs Harbour man, 20 at 12.45pm.

He was arrested at the scene and taken to Macksville Police Station.

The man will today appear in Coffs Harbour Local Court on charges of robbery whilst armed with a dangerous weapon in company, aggravated break, enter and steal, larceny, possess shortened firearm, possess unregistered firearm and supply prohibited drug.

One of the firearms seized by the strike force investigating a violent robbery at Wooli in October.
One of the firearms seized by the strike force investigating a violent robbery at Wooli in October.

It is expected the man will be charged today with an additional offence of supply of a firearm.

Police say investigations are ongoing, after an already protracted investigation that has previously seen a 41-year-old Bonville man and a man aged in his 30s arrested and charged.

"We will allege in court that this was a targetted violent home invasion by an organised group of persons who were targetting in on cash, vehicles, firearms and personal items such as jewellery," Coffs Clarence Crime Manager Detective Inspector Darren Jameson said.

"Our detectives have worked tirelessly to ensure the alleged perpetrators are identified and brought to justice

"The arrests so far have taken persons that we believe have the propensity to perpetrate extreme violence on the community within this command.

"That violence will not be tolerated, nor will these types of criminal offences.

"The community can be assured that these types of offences and the persons who commit them will receive the full focus of our investigative capabilities to ensure that they face justice."



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